Gianpaolo's blog

thoughts of a dotcom refugee happily expatriated at Microsoft

March, 2007

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    The IT Deregulation Act

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    Inspired by the Airline Deregulation Act the IT Deregulation Act (or IDA ) is a CEO directive whose main purpose is to remove obligatory usage of corp IT services by the business units and expose IT users to market forces. Of course, there is no such...
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    Templatized customization a.k.a. never give a gun to a monkey

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    My good friends at Southworks told me about a saying in Argentina going like this: " mas peligroso que mono con navaja " which loosely translates to " never give a gun to a monkey. " This is a very good approach when thinking about the customization features...
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    ISVs = 1-to-many delivery ; Enterprises = many-to-1 consumption

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    I've described several times in the past that service providers (typically ISVs) and service consumers (typically Enterprises) should look at SaaS with quite different lenses . Lately, I have been summarizing these different perspectives as follows: ...
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    I have a Chinese name!

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    Today it was a fun day, I got to choose my Chinese name! Let me explain. Wu Hao (a Microsoft colleague from Microsoft China) who is deeply involved in growing the SaaS business in China is spending some time with us in Redmond. One of his tasks while...
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    Michel-as-a-Service shares his thoughts and experiences

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    My colleague Michel Baladi (a.k.a. Michel-as-a-Service) has been spending a lot of time with ISVs and hosters in Europe. He is now sharing his thoughts and experiences here and follow up posts. In Michel's words: In a series of blog posts over the next...
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    Pre-SaaSCon Podcast

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    A couple of weeks ago I was interviewed over the phone by Paul Gillin (his blog here ), we covered quite a few topics I will be presenting at SaaSCon , from the need of rich clients, the emergence of SaaS hosting platforms, and of course maturity models...
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    Why SaaS in the Enterprise: The Elevator Pitch

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    Recently, I was asked what was the value prop for SaaS in the enterprise. The exact questions was "what is the elevator pitch for SaaS in the enterprise". As with all elevator pitches there is a degree of simplification in the answer but here is my take...
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    Back From India

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    I just got back from a business trip in India. Where I attended the Executive Partner Summit and presented at the Strategic Architect Forum. [update: link to the powerpoint presentation ] Needless to say that SaaS is getting massive interest...
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